Friday, January 23, 2009

The Ladies Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup continues in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Ladies Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup continues in Cortina d'Ampezzo with three events. Two Downhill races (one of them replaces Lake Louise) will take place on Friday and Saturday and the Giant Slalom on Sunday's. Due to weather conditions the Super G scheduled yesterday has been cancelled. The races will take place on the marvellous Olimpia delle Tofane slope.
Cortina d'Ampezzo is one of the most charming ski resorts in Italy. Located near the north-eastern border with Austria, and surronded by the imposing peaks of the Tofana, the Monte Cristallo and the Sorapis Dolomites, Cortina is known as the "Regina delle Dolomiti". The resort is part of the Dolomiti Superski Ski Paradise. The Dolomiti Superski pass is one of the world’s largest lift pass areas with over 1200 kilometres of maintained pistes served by nearly 500 lifts on one ticket. Cortina offers, with the purchase of a Valley Skipass, the chance to ski in the skiing area Cortina d'Ampezzo, Auronzo-Misurina and San Vito di Cadore with a total of 140 kilometres of pistes served by 51 lifts and linked by buses. Snowmaking was increased to cover 95 per cent of the slopes.
This winter a new chairlift and a new ski trail links up Giau with Falzarego thus connecting the Giau and 5 Torri ski areas with Alta Badia and creating the new Averau Troi ski circuit with its route around the Averau mountain.
Cortina d'Ampezzo is one of the twelve resorts belonging to the european association "Best of the Alps", which get together the most exclusive and well known destinations in the Big Five Europe's Alpine countries.